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, unwelcome news for president obama's re-election bid, and a talking point for mitt romney's campaign. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we debate the candidates' policy prescriptions, and the impact of the new numbers on any bounce for democrats after their convention. >> woodruff: ray suarez examines the pakistan-based insurgents known as the haqqani network, designated a terrorist group by the state department. >> brown: what will it take to convince voters still on the fence? margaret warner talked to a group of undecided virginians who watched the president's speech last night. >> i would have liked a lot more optimism, a lot more energy about moving forward. >> it didn't change my mind. it didn't change my opinion. it didn't offer anything that i didn't really know before. >> woodruff: back from two weeks of political conventions are mark shields and david brooks. >> brown: and who's calling the penalties and signaling the touchdowns? the football season begins with replacement referees. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight'
studies at johns hopkins university. he served in the obama administration's state department focusing on afghanistan and pakistan. gentlemen, thank you both for being with us. vali nasr, let me start with you. general dempsey, we heard him say this is a very serious threat to the war effort. we know that secretary panetta, in addition to what we just heard him say, also called this the last gasp of a dying insurgency. who is right? >> well, the taliban have been under pressure for some time, but they are proving to be very entrepreneurial and effective in carrying out new ways of attack. they're trying to send a message to the afghan people that they still have fight in them, that they have momentum on their side. i think the fact that these attacks continue and we see more and more americans and foreign troops die and there is audacious attacks on bases, the result does worry the afghan population that the taliban has still got a lot of energy at the same time we're telling the afghan population that we are ready to leave. >> woodruff: hodo you see this? which is it? >> i think it ca
jones released video that shows romney dismissing supporters of president obama. >> 47%. people will vote for the president no matter what. 47% are with him. they depend on government. they believe that they are victims who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them. >> woodruff: the republican nominee goes on to say that obama voters don't care about his plans for tax cuts. >> these are people who pay no income tax. 47% of americans pay no income tax. our message of low taxes doesn't connect. he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. that's what they sell every four years. so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them. that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> woodruff: romney's reference to the 47% who pay no federal income taxes draws roughly on data from the nonpartisan tax policy center. the group's analysis further shows more than a quarter of americans pay payroll taxes without incurring income tax liability. other groups paying no federal income tax include elderly people on social
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama today condemned the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed four americans, including the ambassador. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight: we get the latest on the deadly assault, believed to have been planned in advance and sparked by an anti-muslim internet video. >> woodruff: plus, we examine the move by governor romney to criticize the president's handling of the libya tinderbox. was it justified or not? we hear from both sides. >> ifill: then, jeffrey brown looks at how the latest iphone upgrade is accelerating competition in the smartphone industry. >> woodruff: are chemicals sprayed in oregon's forests dangerous or not? we have a report from our partners at the center for investigative reporting. >> they're spraying with helicopters all these ridged tops, so everything they're spraying up top eventually gets down to all of these residents. >> forced application of herbicides is done in accordance with all state laws. and we believe i
. it is president obama a's turn to-his critics but whatever the outcome, the role as the nation's first black president will change and of the office and the country. the north american editor has more on the impact. >> and the paintings are about power, image is based on celebrations of generals and interests. there is a critical difference. the artistic fantasy of a black man in the place of kings and commanders have been trumped by reality. obama really does command a nation and army. >> it has been conceptualized in terms of race. there are children and out of the age of four or five who will have known only a black man as the seat of power. >> parents will tell you how important he is as a role model, stressing nothing is beyond their reach. but the economy is less inspiring. in atlanta, life has gotten tougher. a record of 36% living in poverty. but businesses are coming back. there is a swiss cafe and the heart of the area. people have to be patient. >> he focuses on middle america and programs to benefit the middle class. you have programs that trickle- down to the black community bec
from washington, i'm kathy. my time party, morning hangover. president obama rally supporters but is then hit with a disappointing jobs numbers. a young christian girl accused of blasphemy in pakistan is granted bail. she could soon be freed. but if she's safe? he really is treading on three eyes. the arctic is melting and the ripples could affect us all around the world. >> scientists are stunned by how much ice has melted this summer. the change so dramatic it could be affecting the global weather. >> welcome on our viewers in america and around the globe. the stadium had hardly been cleared after president obama's speech to the democratic convention when americans were hit with the reality of more disappointing jobs numbers. obama himself admitted that progress is not good enough but he added recovery will take time. last night, that is exactly what he asked voters for more of. our editor starts are coverage. >> he came on the chance on four more years and that is what it is all about, whether this man deserves to stay as president of the united states. he says he shares th
, and sri lanka, but no less anti-american with crowds burning flags and effigies of president obama. in washington, u.s. officials kept a close eye on events, as secretary of state hillary clinton met with the pakistani foreign minister. >> i want to thank the government of pakistan for their efforts to protect our embassy in islamabad, and consulates in lahore, peshawar and karachi. and i want to be clear, as i have said on numerous occasions- - the violence we've seen cannot be tolerated. of course, there is provocation, and we have certainly made clear that we do not in any way support provocation. >> brown: that provocation took the form of an online trailer for a film made by a california man mocking the prophet mohammed. new fuel was added this week when a french satirical magazine published crude cartoons of mohammed. hoping to ease the tensions, the u.s. embassy in islamabad began airing an ad on pakistani television yesterday with clips of secretary clinton and president obama. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. >> brown: pakistan's relat
with this video. >> hillary clinton and barack obama in that video. the state department, they spent $70,000 on this pr effort. this has the potential lead to reach 90 million pakistan is in the country. what do you make of this effort? >> i think that this is an important effort and we need to applaud it. >> could it be effective? >> i don't think it will change too much because we're in the middle of a whole movement. egypt, libya, india, mobs coming out. these societies alike pressure cookers. there is a lot of pressure within this society. a perceived attack on the pro phet is kind of like a catalyst. this touches very deeply into society. a gesture like the one made by the secretary of state, hillary clinton, is something very positive. but, we need to understand that unless the paradigm changes, we will have cause and effect and i don't condone any violence of any kind. we had 100 deaths since the crisis of the danish cartoons. we have had about 30 deaths since the film came out and the ambassador was killed. how many more deaths before we realize there is a direct connection betwe
. -- for the prophet. >> the deadliest uprisings were in karachi. president obama hoped to prevent all this with an ad broadcast on pakastani tv. he condemned the video and emphasize america's commitment to religious tolerance. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate their religious beliefs of others. >> but on the streets of this, but, this was the -- on the streets of islamabad, this was the response. 'american dogs," they chanted. and they tried to push forward again security forces. the trouble broke out within the last few minutes. police have opened fire toward protesters to of managed to come through the barricade be buying for the second day running, they have gathered in this area, attempting to reach the u.s. embassy just up the road. >> a battle raged. for many, the attack on their prophet is intolerable. they are willing to risk life and limb to make their point. the interior minister defended the government's decision to make it a public holiday, saying it reduced the numbers on the streets. >> imagine if school were open, jobs were open. who could have handled it? at least the police only
the west should stand for its principles. i think that president obama, secretary of state clinton, and other leaders across the western world should explain over and over again to their colleagues in arab-muslim countries that what they are demanding is something that date as elected politicians simply cannot give to them. there is constitutionally protected speech. the films we have seen, the cartoons. that is protected in the united states by the first amendment. they just do not have the power to change any of that. the fact that, you know, the secretary of state in the united states saying this film is bad and reprehensible and disgusting -- that is an expression of her opinion. it is not a promise to introduce legislation to curb that. they should listen to the prime minister of turkey, the president of egypt, you know, the pakastani is. all these muslim countries. what they are really seeking is an amendment of the first amendment, and that just is not going to happen. >> should there not the laws against inciting, as it were, religious hatred? there are such laws in some co
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